1. Avocado Oil
I used to be a jojoba oil kind of girl. It was my go to sealant for quite some time. In fact, it played double duty as an eye makeup remover. Then the jojoba oil shortage hit, and prices skyrocketed. Originally, $5-6 for 4 oz., the price of jojoba oil jumped to almost $20. my pockets couldn’t handle that price. So I began to explore other oils and I hit the jackpot. Avocado oil is one of three penetrating oils –olive and coconut are the other two–and it is by far my favorite. It is has the ability to lock in moisture and absorb into the hair shaft, without leaving a greasy residue.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is my other favorite penetrating oil. It is the only product I use to pre-poo. When I skipped pre-pooing for a couple of months, there was a distinctive difference. It is superior at preventing protein loss and damage during the wash process. It is also a great antihumectant. If I straighten my hair and notice some frizz, I use coconut oil when pin-curling or wrapping my hair at night. The next day, the frizzies are magically gone.
3. Qhemet Biologics Detangling Ghee
If you haven’t noticed, I have thick, dense hair with 80% shrinkage. For a long time, I would marvel at other naturals who could easily whip their old twistout into a new style. I, on the other hand, would fight with my hair, or simply wash so that I could start from scratch. Enter, stage left…Qhemet Biologics Detangling Ghee. I finally purchased it two months ago and I’m kicking myself for not buying it earlier in my journey. I’ve known about it for years now, but I didn’t want to fork up $18. But I’ve come to a point in my hair journey where I’m willing to pay for quality.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegars, in general, should be in everyone’s pantry. If you google “Vinegar”, you can find about 25 ways to use it. Now, you have the 26th way. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a great ph balancer that everyone should consider. ACV rinses not only cleanse the hair, but they also seal the hair shaft and impart shine. I often ACV rinse my scalp when it starts to itch, or make it the last step of my wash (if necessary). For a long time, it was the only other ingredient in my bentonite clay mixes. (Don’t worry, I’m getting to bentonite clay…)
5. Aloe Vera Juice
My husband started drinking aloe vera and pomegranate juice since it is inflammatory. It was in our fridge, so I figured why not? My aloe vera juice spritzer is now a staple for me! Not only is it a great daily, moisturizing refresher, but it is also a great detangler. To pump up the detangling capabilities, I spritz it prior to using my detangling ghee and the tangles melt away! I’ve even tried hair milks that contain aloe vera juice as the second ingredient and they are, by far, the most moisturizing. I’ve recently added it to my bentonite clay mix and it makes it more moisturizing, as well. Speaking of bentonite clay…
6. Bentonite Clay
A few months into my hair journey, I discovered bentonite clay. When I heard that it would slightly loosen my curl pattern to ease detangling, I headed straight to my local health food store. This product, by far, has made the biggest difference in my hair regimen. Not only does it ease detangling, but it also clarifies the hair and scalp and imparts shine. If I want a really nice twistout, I always precede with a bentonite clay treatment.